Special Projects

Business Leader Engagement

This work join forces with U.S Chamber, National Association Workforce Boards, The Manufacturing Institute, The Federal Reserve Bank , ReadyNation, and The Committee for Economic Development to educate business leaders on the importance of high quality early education to New York State's future.

The work of the Business Leader Engagement initiative educates and engages key leaders on how high quality early education and child care not only supports current workforce, but builds the future talent pipeline while providing support to our  economic future.


How is child care a business issue?

  • Nationally, 45% of parents miss at least 2 days of work a year due to child care issues?
  • 65% of parents’ work schedules are affected by child care challenges
  • Employers who invest in child care support for their employees, are better able to attract and retain employees, and benefit from reduced turnover and absenteeism,increase productivity, and a boost in public image and positive public relations 
  • High quality early child care and education for New York’s children, translates into a readier workforce, which is a fundamental aspect of business growth

"When employers provide resources to their employees to help them learn about and find better care, everyone benefits."

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


*From the Interaction Institute for Social Change

"Did you know that preschool students are more likely to be expelled than students in any other grade? Often, we are trying to bring equality into the early childhood education industry when we should be bringing equity into these settings."

Fortunately, there is a way to combat this tendency. Our Director of Special Projects, Fannie Glover, has a variety of trainings to address the inequities in the early childhood education field. Please contact Fannie Glover here to learn about how you can make a difference in early childhood education.

In the meantime, please read about the definitions of equity, diversity and inclusion that are shown below.

What is Equity?

  • Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement of all individuals. To stand for equity is to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of historically under-served and underrepresented individuals and groups. To pursue equity is to ensure that all individuals have the tools and access they need to accomplish their goals.

What is Diversity?

  • Diversity is the quality of difference among individuals, and the celebration of the differences that they represent.  It includes visible differences such as age, gender, ethnicity and physical appearance, as well as unseen differences such as thinking styles, religion, nationality, sexual orientation and education.

What is Inclusion?

  • Inclusion means creating a working culture where differences are valued and where everyone has the opportunity to develop skills and talents consistent with an organization's values and business objectives. The aim is to make an organization where members and employees feel involved, respected, and connected to each other and the institutional culture as a whole.


The health effects of structural racism- In the United States, the health of African-Americans lags behind most other racial minority groups.  Compared to whites, black men and women face higher risks of chronic illness, infection, and injuries.  Taken altogether, the average life span for African Americans is six years less compared to whites.  If we can begin to acknowledge that health outcomes are often dependent on factors outside of the control of individual patients, their physicians, or their health coverage, then we can begin to understand why reforming the health care system is proving to be an indomitable task.

Will Learning Gaps Deepen as Schools Stay Closed? Not every parent can keep the learning going

'Homework Gap' Hits Minority, Impoverished Students Hardest, Survey Finds
The lack of access to technology and internet connectivity at home is especially severe among poor, rural, and minority students, according to a new survey from ACT that sheds light on the vast disparities in digital access among K-12 populations.

Learning Café

ECLC hosts a Learning Café every month, as an opportunity for members,  early care and education professionals, and others who are  interested to engage in dialogues around racism and equity.  We have held discussions using TED Talks or interviews. Past Learning Café topics have included: White Privilege, Uncommon Bias, a presentation from an American Indian and MUCH more!

View the Learning Cafe: "A Conversation with Lois Cooper" 

View the Learning Cafe: "My Journey and 8 Life Lessons as an Out Gay Man" 

View the Learning Cafe: "A conversation with Fannie Glover on the Jane Elliot 'Blue eyes-Brown eyes' exercise"

View the Learning Cafe: "Native American: Resilience Resistance Reconciliation: The Power of the Positive Narrative to Heal"

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